LIGHTNING BORN Signs With Ripple Music (C.O.C., Demon Eye, Bloody Hammers Mbrs.); Returning To MARYLAND DOOM FEST This Month

Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway

What do you get when you take some musicians from such notable acts as Corrosion Of Conformity, Demon Eye, Bloody Hammers, Hour Of 13, The Hell No, etc., and unite them in one band setting?

The answer: LIGHTNING BORN, a North Carolinian act containing some of the best musicians that the underground – and beyond – has to offer. The quartet has just announced they’ve signed on with Ripple Music for their upcoming 2018 EP release, one produced by the band’s own Mike Dean.

As for the origins of LIGHTNING BORN, it all began when drummer Doza Hawes (Mega Colossus, Bloody Hammers, Hour Of 13) recruited vocalist Brenna Leath to the project after seeing a performance with her regular band, The Hell No. Hawes elaborated on how events unfolded from there:

I really dug her vocals, and wanted to see what she could do in a more traditional, classic rock and blues-inspired kind of framework.

As for guitarists? Hawes continues:

I immediately thought of Erik Sugg from Demon Eye. He writes great riffs, but also crafts excellent songs. I thought his darker, doom influence would be a perfect fit for Brenna.

The trio clicked on Erik’s riff ideas. Meanwhile, Brenna was finishing up a Hell No album, produced by C.O.C.’s Mike Dean. She invited Dean to join the group on bass, and the chemistry was apparent.

It’s not every day that you get to pick your dream lineup of musicians to start a band. This is the easiest songwriting process, us all together, that I’ve ever had. The songs just pop out almost instantly,” says Hawes.
Soon, LIGHTNING BORN was playing live, making their stage debut in Raleigh, N.C. in 2016. From there, the band played the 2017 edition of the prestigious Maryland Doom Festival and has been invited to return for this month’s Fourth Annual MDDF 2018.

Excitement is high for this second appearance, as well as that soon arriving debut EP from LIGHTNING BORN and Ripple Music. Until that time, check out the 2017 ‘Beginnings Demo from LIGHTNING BORN – streaming here or you can head over to Bandcamp [HERE] and snag it as an NYP (Name Your Price) item currently.

For more information, along with details, tickets and more, on The MARYLAND DOOM FEST 2018 visit HERE.


Mike  Dean  –  Bass
Erik  Sugg  –  Guitar
Doza  Hawes  –  Drums

Brenna  Leath  –  Vocals

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